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Cover Image by Michael Yull 

Underwater by Sneha Subramanian Kanta

Published November 29, 2020

Yonder loosestrife, gusts carry into sea. Totemic wing. Ghost wafts above water,

unravels the seismic splay of muscle tissue in the flow. Waves lap into relentless

roars. Ghost in a landscape of rain carves bone beyond aviary. Water curls form

a heaviness in the body. North-coast. Clef wave with ghost made of fig leaves.

A storm groans with compost hands to return cyan-blue to the sea. The listless

downpour submerges ghost but ghost rises to the surface with gills. Water is a

memory trail of floodlines. Bouclé of froth molecules on the surface howl after

eventide, as a distant call to the glare over a lighthouse. Mist on the fenceposts.

Staccato ghosts. The mercurial outside exalts wraith. Water canyon beyond the

pastoral residue. Parabolic planet of discord with fingers that incarnate pointillist

asteroids. The interconnected quake on a hilltop steeple of gravel. Rain pelts ghost

in a swerve of onslaught. Steeple with a shiver-window. Typhoon maw. Plovers

clad in the afterglow of a gold-emblem cloud. Slant slope with ghost in bluegrass.

A hearth of clay in the cove. Clang of metal, smelt of bough. Sea of epithelium.

Wasp-voice of underwater with ghost in a border of bract. Petrichor sea scent.

Sneha Subramanian Kanta

Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a writer from Canada. She has been awarded the inaugural Vijay Nambisan Fellowship 2019. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, Waxwing Magazine, The Puritan, The West Review, and elsewhere. She was the Charles Wallace Fellow writer-in-residence (2018-19) at The University of Stirling. She is the author of Ghost Tracks, forthcoming with Louisiana Literature Press (Southeastern Louisiana University). She is the founding editor of Parentheses Journal and reads for Tinderbox Poetry Journal.